July 9, 2017

Dear Animal Lovers, Advocates, Rescuers & Activists:

High summer! Is there anything more beautiful than summer in Canada? Is there anything more pathetic than a (self-confessed) grateful Canadian in good weather, I ask? Most of the wildlife babies and bird emergencies are winding down for the season...While animals trapped in hot cars is ramping up... Everyone, please stay vigilant! Dial your local police immediately if you see an animal trapped in a car. They are usually much faster (ergo more efficient) than waiting on a local or regional rescue agencies... 

BTW, for this next week, be sure to listen to the birds before sunrise if you can. Mating season comes to a close around July 15th, and the morning birdsong will cease. Be sure to stay aware this week, and enjoy while you can! (I always wake up before dawn, and take the time just listen to them, and then go back to sleep for a bit after daybreak...I love them so!) 

I saw this article this week on emotional intelligence, and I thought it was quite good! It occurred to me, just how much emotional intelligence we all need to employ/deploy in animal rescue, so I thought I'd share -- I hope it resonates as much with you, as it did with me! 


In 2014, 1% of Americans self-identified as vegan. In 2015 the vegan population of the US doubled. In 2017, a full 6% now identify as vegan, and counting...AWESOME!   http://bit.ly/2sOEyno

A note on what the "tipping point" actually is... "Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10% of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society."  https://news.rpi.edu/luwakkey/2902

A million plastic bottles per MINUTE! We really need to rethink our use of plastic! 

Vancouver got it done! Vive la résistance! 

Here's what Animal Justice has to say on the Vancouver ruling... 

Beautiful, über-rare pale tiger photographed in southern India (thankfully they are not publishing location, to avoid tourists and poachers...SMART!) ...S/he has the most beautiful, expressive face I've ever seen on a tiger...Do you agree?


Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary URGENT
: Linen donations needed! Our supply of linens used to keep our orphaned animals cozy is running very low. Linens, towels, fleece, etc. are all greatly appreciated donations. If you have any to donate, please contact us via Facebook message, email info@aspenvalley.ca or phone 705.732.6368. Thank you so much in advance! (Ed note: Aspen Valley are so awesome! I've driven more than a few animals there in my time...My mother used to LOVE it when I did, I would pick her up in Barrie, and we'd do a road trip. Ma LOVED it when we safely delivered animals up there, then we'd go for tea and pie in the town of Lake Rosseau...such beautiful memories of mom and Aspen Valley Sanctuary...) 

Does anyone remember Joyce from Second Chance Rescue in Oshawa area? .. A rescue pioneer...  (Lawrence, I know you do...) ... Joyce called me once, many years ago, and asked if I might transport a deer to Aspen Valley. Right. Like shoving a deer into my (then) Toyota Tercel, NOT! Incidentally, deer are allowed a "gold pass" from MNR, which I promptly told Joyce. They came, and got the deer, and all ended well.... SO many memories of securing wildlife and getting them to Aspen... 


Let's ask the brilliant Lady GaGa to take a stand, and STOP WEARING FUR (and meat... don't get me started!)  http://bit.ly/2uWCisf


An eagle's flight from the top of the world's tallest building to his handler below. An eagle was fitted with a camera (Ed note, I'm really not happy with this "fitting animals with GoPros thing") and released from the top of the 2,715 foot Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai. The eagle has no idea where the tiny speck of land was where his handler is standing or what it looked like among all of the other islands and buildings and people. [However], somehow from that altitude, the eagle actually picks out and recognizes the trainer from all of the other objects, people, etc. You can see him looking, looking, looking for the trainer, completely invisible to a human eye and the camera, then fold his wings and drops like a bullet straight to the trainer. What surprised the experts is not only how efficiently the eagle spots his trainer from that altitude, but how smooth its flight is with no camera shake whatsoever, even when it goes into a power dive. Click on the link below to enjoy this record flight. (Thanks Barbara Selkirk for sending -- fascinating!):

Intelligent distinction here,  between "habituated bears", who are comfortable in the presence of humans, and "food-conditioned bears", who return over and over to a human source of food, sometimes sparking conflict:

Little Mia-Cat is back for special needs petsitting this week. I could not love her more, if I tried! I swear to god, if her owner would give her up, Stella and I would make her a permanent home here in a nano-second!  Stella is just FASCINATED with Mia-Cat.. and I am TOTALLY in love...

Folks, please remember "C4P's Special Needs Petsitting" ... Stella and I love petsitting, the more fragile, the more welcome! If you want to download and share this word-cloud with family/friends who have special needs animals, please do! Stella and I count on special needs petsitting to support our rescue efforts... 


Of course, because it's summer, it's been a busier than usual week. I was tidying front flowerbeds tonight, when two of my neighbours stopped by to introduce me to their new dog, Jack. Jack is a terrier/chow/je ne sais quoi mix, who has just arrived from Kentucky! Of course, I'm busy praising the new parents, while PREACHING about "watch for bolt", "double leash first few weeks until bonded", "don't take your eyes off him", "how's his medical?" Honestly, I get tired of listening to myself. If my middle name wasn't already "best practices",  it would be "safety first!" Anyway, they were cool, and very proud to show off their new family member. So welcome to Canada little lad Jack. Long may you run, little one! (I didn't have the presence of mind to take a photo, but he's about 35 lbs, tri-colored, wire-haired -- cute as can be!!! I have to admit I shed a few tears meeting him!) 

Signing off, on this oh-so-glorious early July night...I hope you all have as beautiful a Sunday as can be. It really doesn't get ANY better than this. How could a person ask for more? Sun-kissed trees, fresh air, PEACE, and comfort. 

Thanks universe, sincerely... insanely-grateful Canadians, m&s, Sawyer, Mia...